Dawgs boot Vandy: News and Notes

NASHVILLE - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's win over Vanderbilt.

SOME GOOD, SOME BAD: Georgia did a decent job of containing Vanderbilt's best offensive weapon, but the Commodores snuck in a new face on offense who did plenty of damage.

While All-SEC wide receiver Earl Bennett only had two catches for 17 yards in the first half, cornerback D.J. Moore played the first offense of his collegiate career and looked like a natural.

Moore, a sophomore from Spartanburg, S.C., gained 48 yards on two carries. He set up the Commodores first touchdown by gaining 39 yards on one run, and then starting a reverse on the next play that ended with wide receiver Sean Walker scoring from 15 yards out to give Vanderbilt a 10-7 lead with 9:09 left in the second quarter.

Walker scored again less than seven minutes later when he caught a 16-yard pass from Mackenzi Adams to put the ‘Dores ahead 17-7 with 2:36 left. Walker juggled the ball before catching it over cornerback Prince Miller and barely keeping his feet in the back left corner of the end zone. The play was originally ruled an incompletion but was overturned after a brief instant replay.

By contrast, Bennett was quiet with two grabs for 17 yards in the first 30 minutes. His second catch, with seven minutes left in the half, gave him 204 for his career, tying former Georgia receiver Terrence Edwards for second all-time in SEC history.

Bennett moved into second place by himself with a 14-yard catch late in the third quarter. Former Kentucky receiver Craig Yeast is the SEC's all-time leader with 208 catches.

SLIM PICKINGS: Marcus Howard's sack of Mackenzi Adams in the third quarter was the Bulldogs' last 11 quarters of football. Georgia entered the game tied for eighth in the SEC with nine sacks.

STAT OF THE DAY: Vanderbilt rushed for 135 yards on 16 carries … the second quarter.

DOUBLE DUTY: Georgia had new starters returning punts and kickoffs thanks to injuries. Asher Allen took Brown's place on kickoff return and brought back four kicks for a total of 89 yards. Thomas Flowers took Mikey Henderson's place returning punts and had one return for seven yards before Allen took over that duty, too. Allen had one return for 1 yard.

LITTLE LINE HELP: Junior guard Scott Haverkamp dressed out for the game but he didn't get into the game until the fourth quarter and then he missed a block on a key sack by Vanderbilt safety Reshard Langford. The starting five of Trinton Sturdivant, Clint Boling, Fernando Velasco, Chris Davis and Chester Adams played the entire first half before getting some relief from Haverkamp and Vince Vance in the fourth quarter.

LINEBACKER JUGGLING: Akeem Dent, Dannell Ellerbe and Darius Dewberry started at linebacker, with Dent on the strong side, Ellerbe in the middle and Dewberry on the weak side.

Redshirt freshman Darryl Gamble was the first linebacker off the bench, entering the game on the third play. The only other scholarship linebacker available, Rennie Curran, did not play in the first half.

YOUNG FACES: If there was any doubt the Bulldogs are getting younger, it was put to rest just prior to kickoff when the captains met at halftime. Georgia captains were a redshirt freshman (Knowshon Moreno), a sophomore (Prince Miller) and two juniors (Dannell Ellerbe and Brian Mimbs).

Moreno is the first freshman to be named captain in under Richt.

THIS AND THAT: Punter Brian Mimbs had another up-and-down day but closed strong. Mimbs kicked seven times and averaged 44.1 yards. He had a long of 54 yards. … Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler, a standout for Vanderbilt earlier this decade, was at the game and recognized during the first quarter. … Georgia improved to 24-4 in an opponent's stadium under Richt.


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